THE PRIVATE CONCIERGE
Forster's latest is a densely plotted, intriguing mystery with a sympathetic heroine. Its hero, though, is very difficult to like, despite the circumstances causing his behavior.
Lane Chandler has built her business, The Private Concierge, from the ground up. But someone is determined to topple TPC -- and Lane. Targeting her clients, including pro
athlete Ned Talbert, Lane's unseen enemy is taking no prisoners.
Ex-cop Rick Bayless, a friend of Talbert's, is skeptical that Ned committed the murder-suicide he's accused of. Rick digs into the case, which is painful for Lane. When she was a teenager, he sent her to jail for a crime she didn't commit. Rick's still abrasive and driven and too attractive for adult Lane's peace of mind. But she has to cooperate, because she'll lose everything if Rick fails to find the culprit. (MIRA, Oct., 484 pp., $6.99)